A Punny Tale

Photo by: ENISA

On the planet Patteron lived two humanoids groups. One was striped, the other checked. They were the same race, of course (skin coloring being their only difference), but few acknowledged this.

Police Officer Striper (striped), lost the crook (checked) during the chase. He looked up and noticed the display beside the security cam. It indicated the cam had seen a running man heading West.

This helped Striper trap the crook in an alley.

“I’m innocent!” said the man.

“Oh yeah? I know you. You’re Benny the Bouncer. You were selling bootleg White Stripes DVDs and bouncing checks all over the city.”

“I’ve got a checkered past,” admitted Benny. But I’m clean. I drive a Checkered Cab now.”

Dispatch spoke over Striper’s radio. “Let ‘im go. We caught the guy.”

“Alright. You’re free to go,” said Striper.

“You mean it?”

“Yeah, go.”

“Thanks! You’re a guy of a different stripe!”
Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/fffaw-challenge-week-of-march-27-2018/

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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22 Responses to A Punny Tale

  1. James says:

    In the 1969 episode of the original Star Trek series “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield,” the inhabitants of the planet Cheron were jet black on one side and powdered sugar white on the other. However, the people who were black on the right side were considered superior while those who were black on the left were inferior.

    A police officer named Bele (played by the amazing Frank Gorshin) was chasing a criminal called Lokai (Lou Antonio) and they both ended up on the Enterprise. Kirk and Co. were baffled why Bele’s people thought they were superior just because of which side of his face was colored black.

    The analogy is painfully obvious of course.

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    • EagleAye says:

      I know it well. It’s one of my favorite Star Trek episodes ever. I feel it is some of the best science fiction ever written. It points out our flaws as a society without naming names. It was the inspiration for this story.

      I started with the intent of writing an allegory, but decided I wanted humor instead. I could’ve taken this either way.

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      • James says:

        Most of the third season of the original series wasn’t very appealing to me, including that particular episode, but anything with Frank Gorshin in it is worthwhile. He’s most known for his role as the “Riddler” in the 1960s campy TV show “Batman,” but if you see him in other works, you realize how amazingly talented he was.

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    • Bladud Fleas says:

      Sounds like a planet where they’d ban mirrors.

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  2. prior.. says:

    hahah = fantastic play on words. and the action was felt. and then the way the photo was integrated. triple win Eagle Aye



    One, who is smart enough to draw attention, can easily canvass his thoughts and ideas!

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  3. Well done, as usual. Bootleg white stripes! 🙂 We can be thankful English lends itself so well to such tales. What would we ever do without all our colorful idioms? 🙂

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    The best sci-fi acts as a mirror and satire of the world we inhabit. This does it. Nicely done.

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  5. Hahahahaha! Loved all the puns in this! Great story!

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  6. goroyboy says:

    Does he moonlight as a male “stripper “ lol
    Good one Eagle Aye

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  7. Do they play Chinese Checkers on the planet, perchance?

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